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Jesus Holds
all
Things Together


   

Tuesday Reflection

   

12th January 2021


The Cross at the heart of our being.


He is before all things,
and in him all things
hold together."

Colossians 1:17


Our God is inconceivably huge;
he spoke the universe into being;
he breathes stars,
those huge raging
balls of fire,
into space;
everything on this planet
is beautifully balanced
and in tune;
and this this star-breathing,
universe creating God
also knitted our human
bodies together with
amazing detail and wonder.

This brings to mind that
wonderful Psalm 139


'you created my inmost being;
 you knit me together
 in my mother's womb.
 I praise you because
 I am fearfully and
 wonderfully made;
 your works are wonderful'

v13,14


The older I get,
the more amazed I become
as I consider God's handiwork.
So often I marvel at the
glories of nature and think;
"How can anyone deny that
a Creator did all of this?"

We can also trust that
the God who created all this,
also has the power to hold it
all together when things
seem to be falling apart;
our loving Creator
is also our sustainer.


Laminin

is a cell adhesion molecule.
It's the stuff
that holds the membranes
of our bodies together.
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Above is a diagram of its' structure.
When I first came across
this diagram, I was amazed.
Isn't it astounding that
the shape of the "glue"
that holds us together
is in the form of a cross?

Yes, as Psalm 139:14 says,


'we are fearfully and
 wonderfully made.'


We have such an awesome God
that is in all
the details of our life.

Such details as shaping the glue
that holds us together
in the form of a cross.

Did God design laminin
in the shape of a cross
and give it the particular
function of "glue" in the body
so that we can know
(in his words)
the truth that
'Christ holds all
things together'?

Romans 1:20 makes it clear
that we can know God
through what He has made;


20 For ever since the world
   was created, people have seen
   the earth and sky.

   Through everything God made,
   they can clearly see his
   invisible qualities -
   his eternal power
   and divine nature.
   So they have no excuse
   for not knowing God.


God certainly designed the
laminin protein and gave it a
structure that allows it to
perform the function
he designated for it.

In fact, one of the early papers
on the structure and function
of laminin said this:
"Globular and rodlike domains
are arranged in an
extended four-armed,
cruciform shape that is
well suited for mediating between
distant sites on cells
and other components of the
extracellular matrix".

Jesus died a horrifying
death on a cross to set us free
from sin and to give us
an eternal life.

He also died to give us an
abundant life here on this earth.

As we know him more and more
deeply in our hearts,
he can set us free from
addictions, pain and
all the stuff that keeps us
in chains.

He wants to be the 'glue'
that keeps us together on
the inside and makes us whole.

While I would never use the
existence of Laminin as proof
that God exists,
(there is nothing Biblical here!)
however I would say that it is
just one of a million or so ways
that God, our Father creator
reveals his love and care of us.

In Colossians 1:15-20
Paul begins talking about Christ
as Creator and moves to
Christ as Redeemer.

15 Christ is the visible image
   of the invisible God.
   He existed before anything was
   created and is supreme
   over all creation,
16 for through him God created
   everything in the heavenly
   realms and on earth.
   He made the things we can see
   and the things we can't see
   such as thrones, kingdoms,
   rulers, and authorities
   in the unseen world.
   Everything was created
   through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
   and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head
   of the church,
   which is his body.
   He is the beginning,
   supreme over all who rise
   from the dead.
   So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness
   was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
   everything to himself.
   He made peace with everything
   in heaven and on earth
   by means of Christ's blood
   on the cross. (NLT)


These are truths,
not because they appeal to
our limited reasoning,
but because they are revealed
in God's Word.

May we be aware and always
seeking God's presence,
through his Word
and creation,
in our lives.



It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
'My Jesus, my Saviour'
sung by Darlene Zschech
via the link shown below.

Blessings

Maureen